Friday, July 29, 2016

Olfactif Artisan Perfume Subscription: July


Olfactif has changed their signature slide drawer ebony box to a magnetized lid that lifts so that it can be reused to house little treasures. I have saved every Olfactif box I have ever received (well over a year's worth!) but now I will be able to put things in them. The subscription costs $18 a month for three artisan perfume samples and includes an $18 coupon code to apply to any scent featured that month.


This month's theme is Day to Night. The placards now include the price of each scent as well as the cost if the code were to be used.



Summer by Dasein- Notes include: Cilantro, grapefruit, jasmine, orange blossom, grass.
Torn cilantro leaves braced by bitter yellow grapefruit pith and sweet tangy pink grapefruit pulp make for a daring and fresh take on a summer inspired fragrance. This scent sings summer. The vivid green cilantro imparts a touch of soap, bergamot and lime, paring well with the grapefruit. Gauzy orange blossoms and jasmine hover in the space above and the dry down shifts ever so slightly to include grassy vetiver tones. This scent stays green and fresh and botanical all the way through. Summertime, rolling down the grassy hills of childhood. Unique and strikingly realistic. $95

Geisha Vanilla Hinoki by Aroma M- Notes include: Bergamot, hinoki, lavender, leather, patchouli, amyris, cedarwood.
I had the extreme pleasure of getting this fragrance from Maria, the creator of Aroma M, in May when she released this newest icon in her Geisha fragrance line. My thoughts can be seen here. It remains one of my favorite Geisha's and a few of my friends have fallen in love with it too. If you have a proclivity towards vanilla and woods, you will love this beauty. $90

The Red by The Sun- Notes include: Fire, saffron, sandalwood, amber, sterling silver.
Live copper threads of saffron charged with electricity ignite a fire that burns warm and red. Slowly, ashes swirl and drift among the embers. A thread of silver gleams in the flame, metallic and cool. The burn down reveals fire smoothed sandalwood and ash stricken amber resin nuggets. A warm scent The Red, is. Glowing, unique, and other worldly. $75


What a fabulous box for July. Vibrant and saturated, each of these scents have the ability to transport one to enchanting places. I would love a bottle of any of these three scents and with the discount they all fall into the $77-$57 range. Quite affordable. 

Which of these three stand out to you? 

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

ReVibe Box: July


ReVibe is a subscription service that features handmade, cruelty-free and natural products that induce relaxation and rejuvenation. Each box holds 5-7 items from small businesses worth over $60, the service is $39.95 per month.They also have a Tri-Me box for $20.00 that contains 3 items. I follow ReVibe on Instagram and entered a giveaway of one month and won! I did have to pay $2.50 to pick it up at the post office as it was under paid on postage., but once I saw the outside of the box I got excited. Look at that lovely pattern.


July's box theme was Meditation. The multipage color booklet detailed every product.


As soon as I uncovered the crocheted owl eye mask I cooed.


Owl Sleep Mask by Pixistics, $13.00, is too cute for school. Sadly I must have a large noggin because it is very tight. It fits Savanna perfectly. I may end up nipping the elastic and sewing in an inch more, if Savanna ever gives it back. It is lined with a smooth silk and hand stitched. Sweet dream inducing for sure. Hoot hoot.


Relax and Refresh Myst by UrbanMysticism, $20.00 for 2 ounces, holds a relaxing brew in a lovely cobalt glass sprayer. Full of lavender, vanilla and peppermint essential oils, sweet pea flower essence and even a couple amethyst crystals for extra measure. The all natural blend is safe for pets and children as well. I appreciate the thought and detail that went into this spray. I love the minty lavender scent it imparts. I spray it on my pillowcase and a little on my chest before bed. 


A closer peek at the crystals. Have you seen the water bottles with a huge crystal in the middle? This made me think of them for some reason. Savanna's birthstone is amethyst. I think she will enjoy having these once the bottle runs dry. Which won't take long. I see myself using this frequently. 


Gold Lava Oil Diffuser Bracelet by ReVibe, $24.95, to be sprayed with the Mental R&R Myst or any essential oil of your choosing. I do not really use essential oils medicinally like some of my DoTerra friends do so I will pass this on to one of them.


Meditation Candle by Knockout Candle Company, $5.00, blends soy and beeswax with cedarwood, patchouli and lavender essential oils and inserts a seasoned pecan wood wick. Sadly I could not get this guy to stay lit and burn for any length of time. The oils smelled amazing on cold and I was crushed I could not get it to work.


I kept at it. For like, 10 minutes I kept relighting the wick and the flame refused to thrive. I may have gotten a dud. The quality ingredients and scent alone would have me willing to try again. 


Lavender Sachet by Coffee and Lavender, $7.00, is a tiny little fragrant thing. It is about 3 inches tall and holds some seriously lovely lavender buds within. This guy will be living in my car soon.


The last item in the box was this packet of Balancing Bath Tea in Green Tea & Lemon by CerealFly, $4.00, This bath tea contains: chamomile, hibiscus flowers, lavender, lemon balm, oatsraw, orange peel, rose petals, lemon, green tea, dead sea salt, epsom salts, baking soda, and citric acid.

The total value of products in the box was $73.95, pretty good for a $39.95 box. Overall it was a lovely experience that indeed would assist in relaxation. As with all subscription boxes, not every item will fit every taste or lifestyle but that is to be expected. My favorites of the bunch were the lavender sachet, the myst, and the owl mask. Could you use a relaxation box? Do you use essential oils? 

Monday, July 25, 2016

Indigo Perfumery: Cleveland, Ohio


Once our trip to Cleveland was finalized one of the very first things I did was search to see if there was a perfume boutique in town. Indigo Perfumery turned out to be just the place I was looking to experience. And I not only experienced the store myself, but also went along with my friend Jacqui who used to blog at The Scholarly Nail. The owner, Ann, greeted us as we walked in and made the whole shopping and sniffing experience a joy. She offered scents to experience, gave us background knowledge when we were curious and charmed us with her kindness and warmth. 


One of the very first houses I knew I needed to sniff was Papillon. I absolutely fell in love with Salome's naughty tones, Angelique's smooth beauty and Anubis' resinous hues. I will be back for more.


Next I spritzed Andy Tauer's Tauerville Fruitchouli Flash. I had been wanting to lay my nose on it as soon as he released it. It was a unique spin on apricot. I think Jacqui fell in love with his Rose Flash (which you know I adore too) and went home with a sample of it. 


Dame Perfumery sparkled with many gorgeous fragrant options. I will be featuring his newest Chocolate Man scent very soon.


Shay & Blue piqued my interest back when I was on Twitter. I ended up really enjoying their Oud Alif and would love to have it on my bathroom counter in the future. Their line ran the gamut of scent profiles and the branding is chic. 


I was *this* close to taking home Imaginary Author's Cape Heartache when trying to choose what bottle to bring home back to Florida. Its strawberry and woods magic worked on my senses. And look how engaging the bottles look all lined up like so many books on a shelf. 




Indigo offers bespoke perfume creation workshops as well. In fact, Jacqui almost created a fragrance before I came to visit. I hope she does eventually and lets me know how it goes.


I became enchanted with Anne's miniature perfume shadow box. She said a friend had gifted it to her. So cool.






Viktoria Minya perfume house intrigued me and I wish I could have spent more quality time with her scents. They were so beautiful and magnetic with their sparkling gemstones encased in glass and submerged in fragrance. 


So what did I end up coming home with after spraying and sniffing dozens and dozens of incredible fragrances?


Chai by Baruti- Notes include: Cinnamon, cloves, ginger, cardamom, pepper, black tea, steamed milk, cocoa, roses, vanilla, musk, leather. $110

Zippy ginger and black pepper explosions burst forth with a kaleidoscope of brightness. This is the bag of rich chai that I press to my nose and inhale before I lower it into my mug of steaming water. All the crisp spices zing and sing. As the scent transforms, wooden cinnamon bark curls, crumbling black tea leaves and brittle rose buds release into the warm water and rise on tendrils of vapor. The heavy cream and cube of sugar I poured into the cup swirls among dark scents and lightens and sweetens the brew on my skin. The dry down evolves into a soft dreamy musk with mellow woods and worn leather accents. How could I resist?



Ann offered to make up some samples for us and I chose Floris Honey Oud. Which I may review at a later date. I kind of want to save it for a special occasion and not dissect it just yet. It smells like high luxury. 


And Ann, hearing Jacqui and I wax poetic over all the scents, wanted to give us a sample of Sideris, by Maria Candida Gentile, which she only had one bottle remaining. I look forward to wearing this resinous beauty as well.

When I get back to Cleveland I will certainly be going to Indigo and treating myself once again. I am thrilled there are perfume boutiques such as Indigo in business. I hope if you are ever in the Cleveland area that you pop in and say hello to Ann and perhaps have yourself a little sniffapalooza. 

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Travel: Cleveland, Ohio Squire's Castle and Holden's Arboretum


The last full day we were in Cleveland, Adam, the girls and I spent all on our own. We headed to the North Chagrin Reserve of the Metroparks system to see Squire's Castle which was built in 1890. The castle was meant to just be the gatekeeper's lodging with the giant actual castle being built further into the woods, but it never came to fruition.





Inside there is a layout indicating what purpose the rooms served, or were believed to serve. I fell in love with it and would have loved to just pluck it up out of Cleveland and moved it home to live in. This was thought to be the main hall for gathering.



The girls are standing in the kitchen.



A side bedroom.




The back view of the castle. After exploring, we decided to hike in the woods behind the castle.


After the Metropark we drove about 15 minutes to Holden's Arboretum. I had never been to a tree museum and it was quite beautiful.


It reminded me a bit of Bok Tower gardens.



We paid the extra fee to walk in the canopy on swinging bridges and to climb a 120 foot tower to see Lake Erie. Adam and Savanna are not for heights so Scarlette and I climbed the tower on our own. It was about as high as a tall lighthouse. My thighs were shaking by the time we got up there.






This is the whole crew gathering for breakfast at grandma and grandpa's. It was a nice visit for sure. Tomorrow I will post about my visit to Indigo Perfumery and then that will be the finale of the Cleveland shenanigans. Have you been to an arboretum? Do you take vacations to visit family? I think Adam is ready to head back to North Carolina next year. He really has the mountains in his blood now. I personally would love to take the girls to Yellowstone or to see redwoods or something. We shall see! Where would you like to vacation?